Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Early Years Framework

The revised Early Years Foundation Stage, 2021. 

All Reception class staff will be working with a revised framework from September 2021.

Both the statutory and non-statutory guidance teachers work with have been changed. 


The DfE (Department For Education) state that the aims of the reforms are to:

*improve outcomes for children 

*strengthen language development 

*reduce unnecessary paperwork so that staff can spend more time engaging in high quality interactions with children, supporting their learning. 


4 Overarching Principles

The Unique Child 

Positive Relationships

Enabling Environments 

Learning and Development 


3 Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploring

Active Learning 

Creating and Thinking Critically 


7 areas of learning (3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas) 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language 

Physical Development 




Understanding The World

Expressive Arts and Design 

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered.'